What Rangers need to do to close the gap on Celtic

Rangers Football Club

Domestically, Celtic are having one of their most dominant seasons ever. With just three games to go, Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops are on the verge of completing an unbeaten league campaign.

Rangers v Aberdeen - Kick-off Sep 2009

As it stands, Rangers can only look on and wonder what might have been had the club not entered liquidation in 2012, thus forcing them to apply to enter the Scottish Third Division ahead of the 2012/13 season.

Their Scottish football betting odds for winning the SPL next season currently stand at 9/1 will be vastly longer than Celtic’s, however, Rangers have come a long way since liquidation and are closing the gap in a league where even the finest of margin can make a big difference.

How do they close the gap further?

Currently sat in a comfortable third place in the Scottish Premier Division, former ‘Gers’ boss Mark Warburton (now at Nottingham Forest) has claimed it will take years before Rangers can compete with Celtic once again.

However, current man at the helm Pedro Caixinha refused to be drawn on the subject saying his players need to work hard, have belief and remain committed to the cause.

That said, there are certain things the giant need to do in order to push on and close the gap to Rodgers and Co.

Rangers, Glasgow

Find a goalscorer

Kenny Miller has been a wonderful servant to Rangers over the years but the Scotsman is now 37 and despite 88 goals over three spells with the Gers, it is time to find a replacement, especially with Miller’s contract up in the summer and with nothing on the table as of yet.

Miller is top scorer for Rangers this season but has found the back of the net just ten times in the league.

By Contrast, Celtic have four players who have scored more than ten this season with new recruit Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair, who also moved to the club last summer (following four failed bids), boasting over 20 apiece.

Stick with a manager

Warburtons resignation/dismissal (whatever you want to call it) from Rangers was a little surprising to those south of the border who witnessed him work wonders with Brentford in the Championship.

Pedro Caixinha was brought in and the jury still out on the Portuguese former Nacional head coach after back to back Old Firm defeats did little to endear him to the fans.

However, Rangers need consistency in its helmsman and Rangers need to decide quickly whether they make a commitment to Caixinha.

It is likely they will, and if that is the case then time must be given to allow him to put together a side capable of competing at the top once more.

Off-field opportunities

Financially, there is still a large gulf between Celtic and the rest of the league. However, Rangers Club Chairman Dave King is realistic about Rangers chances of catching Celtic in the short term and points to Europa League qualification and a better commercial agreement with Sports Direct as a way to significantly close the gap.

Rangers are still a big draw and Celtic do have a limit to what they can achieve (hampered by the lack of competition in Scotland) meaning Rangers will get back to the top.

We just may have to be patient.


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